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Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 47
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

23°P,75 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a big beige head that displays great persistence and drapes the lace

Smell: Very roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee tones; hints of fruit, too

Taste: Surprisingly piney and bitter up front, with the chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors developing by mid-palate, as the bitterness becomes more pronounced; after the swallow, the bitter and smokey flavors dominate, although there is a lingering licorice sweetness that complements the other rich flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit on the unbalanced side, but still quite tasty

Photo of tedpeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra in a trade with gford217. Thanks.

Poured into a New Belqium tulip.

A - Poured black, with a quarter inch mocha head that quickly turned into a wispy layer, w/ring around. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and malt sweetness.

T - Roasted. Chocolate/Coffee taste. Bitter dry finish.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D - Not balanced, but still good.

Photo of shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout pours a stiff finger of brown foam over a deep opaque
black brew. The nose is unsweetened chocolate and burnt espresso. The flavor
is likewise unsweetened chocolate with notes of molasses, espresso, and dark
fruit, with a brisk hop bitterness off the back. If you're sipping this (and you should
be), that bitterness become more modulated and spicy, and the flavors deepen.
Mouthfeel is round yet crisp and cleansing. The alcohol, 9% by volume, is only
apparent as a warming sensation, but there's a fair bit of complexity here for it to
hide in. A fine fine brew for a long cold night!

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have liked the other Nogne brews I have had in the past and this one was true to form as well.Poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black I mean no light showing through,a large two finger dark mocha colored head atop.Alot of complexities in the nose,heavily roasted with underlying smoke and wood,a hint of vanilla and leafy hp as well.Flavors are heavily roasted and quite bitter,a French roast coffee flaor dominates up front along with some real smokey flavors,some bitter chocolate and molasses comes through,finishing earthy,bitter and a little raw.There is some serious use of Columbus hops used in this impy stout,if you like a big stout with some rough edges you will love this,very nice.

Photo of explosivebeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours in a thick black viscous way, with a modest light-brown head, and a dense body. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, some alcohol, and a strong graininess to it. The body is thick with chocolate, caramel, malty sweetness, and a generous bitterness as well. It is very good but there is also something acrid about it. I'd like to try it again and see if that same characteristic is still present.

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased 3 months ago (no visible dating) poured into a snifter

A- black body with a finger of sticky coffee colored head that becomes nothing more than a crown pretty quickly

S- sweet roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a little bit of coffee.

T- mildly roasted with more chocolate and coffee than i could smell. very mild hoppy finish thats pretty dry.

M- full bodied and rather thick. maybe too much carbonation.

D- easy to finish the bottle. there are more intresting/more complex stouts out there, but this one keeps me pretty entertained. worth the cost (9$) and makes me wonder what else this brewery has to offer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle to a snifter the liquid is very dark and displays very good carbonation. The head is close to 2 fingers, mocha colored and leave some lace.

The smell is sweet dark roasted malt, notes of fresh coffee.

The taste is very good, this is a very well crafted brew. Yummy Yummy. Black bread coffee and chocolate, dank this is good stuff.

The mouthfeel is good, close to full body and nice carbonation.

The dinkability is very good, this is a must try RIS.

Prosit, MK

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle on my last trip through Asheville. I was honestly shocked that i had not tried it before. Anyhoo, very nice 600ml bottle was served at cellar temp in a terrapin snifter. Consumed on 09/17/2008.

The pour was deep, dark and black, though I have to admit could have used a bit more of a head. Still though nice, with an opaque bloackness that no light could penetrate. What was there of the head faded fast, but left behind a broken crown, that itself produced no side glass lacing at all.

The aroma was richly smoked, kind of shockingly at first but you quickly became accustomed to it and dove right in. Lots of raosted and smoked malts that really stole the show, with hints of molasses coming in behind, but not nearly coming close to balancing. The flavor was a bit more complex, and to be honest one of the best parts of this beer. Rich notes of peat, smoked malts, and vanilla were all right out in front. A huge malt bill on this one. Some nice chocolate notes as it warmed, with molasses coming though on the tongue, Earthy bitterness finishing it off nicely and briinging the smoked vanilla flavor back for a repeat on the dry but very sweet finish. Smooth medium bodied for a big stout, which is still saying full to begin with. An easy sipper with all but the slightest of alcohol well covered up and quitely reserved.

Overall wow. This was a very tight and very good imperial stout. It was not as good as the dark horizon, but for a year round RIS, any friggin day of the week. I would go out and try this one if you havent. It was well worth it.

Photo of gford217
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle poured into my new Bells tulip (thanks moshea!).

A: Pours pitch black with a two-finger fluffy mocha head that showed great retention and sheets of lacing - this is a spectacular looking stout.

S: Aroma is dark chocolate malts and roasted coffee with a generous dark fruit smell as well. It's definitely got some milky sweetness and vanilla in there and is generally on the sweeter side of things.

T: Taste follows the smell and has a massive chocolate malt base. There is a sweetness that pervades the taste with dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and a hint of lactose.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a little carbonation and just coats the palate with dark malts.

D: This is a big, bad impy stout with a lot of flavors but maybe not quite balanced enough to crack the elite ranks. Nonetheless, highly recommended.

Photo of 100floods
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a tulip glass and immediately whatever wasn't pitch black gave way to a dark mocha foam, which went away as quickly as is came.

The aroma lacked the intensity of other big stouts I've had recently, but it probably would have gotten in the way. with the foam gone, the beer yielded sweet, chocolate aromas with a very light roast. Whatever was lacking in the aroma was trapped in the taste, in a good way. All the roast, malt and yeast hits your pallet immediately, but not too strong.

The is a very mellow imperial stout. I don't know how I feel about aging this one, maybe 6 months could make it sweeter. This an easy going strong beer. All the basic elements of an imperial stout are there and there is nothing lacking. This is a great introduction to the style. It's not intimidating, like the Czar. Another success from a great brewery.

Photo of ncvbc
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, black, with a rather healthy tan head that just sticks around, nearly through the entire glass. Smell is good. Big roast scents are present, almost in an overwhelming way. Some good sweetness of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is just as big on the roast character, if not more. Almost smokey, burnt tasting at times, which I'm not too fond of. Aside from that being at the forefront a little too often, this is solid. Again, the extreme roasty flavors in this brew take from the mouthfeel. It's not as rich or creamy because of this. Pretty drinkable overall and if not for the smoke this beer would be killer.

Photo of everetends
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9oz bottle purchased at Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Man this is a good start. I pop the bottle and this beer seems to crawl out. Very thick on the pour. This beer is black with ZERO light getting through there. As the beer fills the glass there is no head. Then from the black depths, a slow, dark, mocha head builds up. Lacing is sticky and this beer leave an almost milk like film on the glass except the film is brown. This beer looks great.

S: As soon as you pour this brew, the aroma hits you hard. Alcohol saturates the air, almost bourbon like with a touch of oak coming out. Roasted malts, caramel, lactose, dark coffee, and dark chocolate are all there. This smells great.

T: Taste is of deeply roasted malt, but it is almost perfectly roasted. There is some bitterness coming through, but nothing that is too much. Chocolate and Coffee dominate in the middle. As you finish off the flavor profile, oaky alcohol comes in. This beer is good but it feels like it is missing something.

M: This feels a lot thinner than the pour let on. Almost can feel the water used. After taste is almost non-existant. As this beer warms, the alcohol actually comes across and heats your ass up. When it was cold, there was no hint of alcohol. Just a bit of a let down here as far as the total feel goes.
**edit** After slowy sipping this for a bit longer, I realize I have done this beer a disservice. It is thicker than I initially assumed. Creamy texture that comes through and slowly reaches down your throat. I think it was still just a bit too cold when I finished my review. After sitting with it for another, 20 mins, its much nicer. I must have been high or something.

D: This beer is easy to drink for 9% ABV. The feel is a bit thin, but flavors and aromas make up big time. The look is great. Like with all Impy Stouts, let this bitch warm up. The flavors come out a bit more, and round it out a bit more. The bitterness from the roasted malt settles a bit also with a little warmth. This is a nice beer and my brothers in Norway didn't let me down with a warming brew.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

0.5L bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A: Totally opaque body, great tight head, chocolate mousse color. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Initial hoppy bitter aroma, followed by a sweet roastyness, almost milky smelling.

T: Taste up front is good, much like the aroma. There is a long lingering bitterness, honestly it becomes unpleasant.

M: Mouthfeel is good, pretty filling. Carbonation is relatively low, I like that for this style.

D: Rough to drink today, maybe by buds are out of whack, but this bitterness is killer.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.56/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber to glass...

This puppy is black. Mocha tan head. Leaves thick syrup on the side of the glass.

Smells like black licorice. Burning fruit.

Tastes like cocoa powder and alcohol. I don't know right away if I like it or not but I keep wanting another sip. Purple grapes. Black cherries. Rubber, like from a tire. Or if a bus came to a screeching halt and you licked the skid marks. Each sip I'm liking this a little less. There is one just terrible flavor in there that is ruining this beer for me.

Feels full, dry, almost chalky.
Drinkability is suffering with that one nasty flavor. I'm sure it's well crafted but there's bound to be a few of us that disagree with this taste.

Overall: not for me

Photo of SargeC
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black brew with a tan head that includes several shades of brown mixed in.

Smell: Burnt caramel, toffee, dark chocolate. Good hop presence with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Nice balance with sweet and bitter flavors fighting for position, but finally working together. Smoky, roast malt flavor evolves into a wave of sweetness with a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth throughout. Full body brew that coats the glass like oil.

Drinkablity: Very drinkable imperial stout that is complex and simple at the same time. I look forward to trying more brews from this brewery.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with a little raisin that creeps in around the edges. I've been sipping this one for a while, and there's no head at all. As I top off my glass I get a film of creamy pudding.

Smells of tootsie rolls, chocolate hard candy and milk chocolate with a dry, almost cardboard crispness for balance that carries a nice balance of smoke. There's a slight booziness too in the background.

Tastes of smooth smokey sweet grains, a bit of cocoa and a touch of black coffee that doesn't carry much authority which dries out to a woody, slightly ashy finish. The focus seems to be more on the dry ashy coffee elements.

Feels A bit chewy and playful with a nice creamy swarm of tiny bubbles.

Not a bad beer, but it didn't really grab my attention. Let's say that it's a very solid, slightly above average take on the style.

Photo of RixBeer
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice finger and a half head right into my oversized snifter. The whole bottle empties into the glass leaving a good inch to the top of the glass. The mocha colored head slowly fades sticking to the edges it has touched.

The aroma start with this creamy milkiness that fill the nostrils at first whiff. Upon the second whiff the large chocolate and cocoa come pouring out like a kid filling his glass of milk with Hershey's chocolate syrup. This one is however more along the lines of a slightly bitter chocolate and a dry sweetness from the cocoa. There's some good espresso notes hidden in the hop aroma as well.

Smooth as silk with a creaminess and thickness of 1% milk. There's a nice bitterness hidden behind a huge wall of chocolate. The cocoa seem buried there as well as its' hints linger on in the after taste. The espresso notes in the aroma have become a major player in the flavor. It seems so major that it has left the hops behind. But not too far as this one still remains quiet balanced.

This beer feels velvety smooth on the palate. It is just plain old tastey and that makes it feel good. Just the right amount of carbonation for this big mother of a stout. And it is ridiculously smooth for such a big stout.

1 bottle poured into an over sized snifter or split between 2 in regular snifters. Either way this one is a sipper. Good luck, it's tough not to gulp this one.

All around an amazing beer.

Photo of vtfan77
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice color, very dark and very thick. However, as I continue pouring, some thick chunks of some kind of sediment fall into the glass. Hmm... There's no freshness date on the bottle, and, being an Imperial Stout, I figure that it should be able to last a long time. Whatever, it's probably nothing. Aside from that, the beer looks pretty damn good, with a nice tan head that leaves a good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nothing wrong with the smell. The roasted malts are out in full force, imparting aromas of coffee and unsweetened cocoa. A slightly astringent twang is evident as well.

T- More roasted malt goodness, with bitter cocoa being the predominant flavor. This beer is very dry, which is surprising since most other Imperial Stouts I've had have been fairly sweet due to the high malt content. I'm detecting almost no sweetness in this one. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing; it's just a bit unexpected. The bitterness on the finish is moderate to high, probably more as a result of the roasted malts than the hops... although they both probably play a part.

M- This is probably the best part about this beer. Very thick and syrupy with just a touch of carbonation. This is what an Imperial Stout should feel like in your mouth.

D- The alcohol is not too noticeable, but this is a very thick and rich beer. It's definitely a sipper.

This is an interesting stout. I liked the fact that it wasn't very sweet, which is a nice change of pace for the style. I'm guessing this bottle must have been kind of old, judging by the sludge at the bottom. This didn't seem to hurt it any, aside from giving it an aesthetically displeasing pour. And maybe it was nothing and that's what it always looks like coming out, I don't know. Still, this is a good beer, and worth getting for any stout lover. Recommended.

Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful black color capped by an effervescent tan cap of of an espresso tan head of foamed deliciousness.
Smells of bittersweet chocolates, coffees, touch of vanillas, milky creamness, caramel-creme brulee cut with a bitter cocoa bite.
Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffees,vanillas, ,light hops, espresso, chocolates, bitter malted brown sugars. Remains light-medium mouthfell while retaining intensive mouthtfeel and flavors.or this style.] Nogne chose to throttle back on the ABV, so drinkability is stellar. Mouthfeel is perfeection fl Nogne-O is am intensive "super" brewery who can produce stellar examples of whatever-they-feel-like!!!

Photo of jamesm7485
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark brown when held to light, little amount of head.

The smell is very nice with perhaps some raisins and some malt.

The taste is very nice somewhat unusual for a stout of this abv, dark fruit and some molasseses. No after taste at all which is very odd being an imperial stout.

mouthfeel is nice but very carbonated for this style

the drinkability is nice but isnt phenomenal

all in all i was impressed its a nice different take than what im used to but for 10 dollars a bottle not something id readily seek out again, definetly something you should try though

Photo of thethrone
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an oily jet black with a dark brown, almost purple head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruit and coffee, with some hoppy notes.

T - Espresso, dark chocolate, hints of sweet dark fruits. Very well balanced.

M - Very smooth and creamy, with little carbonation to speak of.

D - A great imperial stout, rich and flavorful; does not disappoint.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out as thick and dark as a mid august midnight, just super thick, used motor oil sludgey black, roofing tar black, dammit just plain old black. The beer is topped with a generous one inch toffee colored and creamy head which slowly bubbles down into a thick cap leaving ample lacing behind.

S: Plums and rasins dipped in candi sugar and wrapped in chololate and coffee ice cream.

T/MF: Opens with a rich and bitter chocolatly coffee roasted character, feels like silk in the mouth, like if someone carbonated a melted espresso ice cream cone. Very smooth, good roasted quality with a slight nuttiness to boot, hop bitterness is really only evident in the mouthfeel and even then just barely, the roasted malts are doing all the heavy lifting in the bitterness department, maybe a little hop kick on the back end but mostly this beer is just smooth sailing all around. The aftertaste, given some time, tastes very mildly like soy sauce, does not bother me because the taste is so mild but it might be distracting to others.

D: Its been a while since I've reviewed or drank a RIS so its nice to start getting back in the style and this beer is a solid representation of that style, nothing in this beer is overstated, the smell is not overpowering the tasted is like a very robust stout, not like the ABV bombs I've had recently, so very very drinkable. But in the end this one does not blow me out of the water as some other stouts have.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S = Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight hint of alcohol buried in the background.

T = Dark chocolate expresso coffee beans upfront, sweet caramel in the middle, and some roasted coffee bitterness rounding out the flavors near the end. The finish is incredible. There is no harsh bitterness, just a semi-sweet expresso mocha flavor. The alcohol is hidden very well, but you begin to feel the warmth half way through the bottle.

MF = Thick, rich, creamy, smooth, full-bodied, low carbonation. Finish is very clean, semi-dry, and leaves you wanting more.

This is one outstanding Impy Stout from start to finish. Highly recommended.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Class act. Pours an opaque darkness with better than a finger foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Spotty patterns of lacing in its wake. The smell isn't overly aggressive, but its rich with a barrel aged character. A combination vanilla-cherry Tootsie roll chocolate with tempered roasted malt note. Not sweet but rich and creamy. The mouth feel is medium-light bodied, primarily creamy and smooth with a tingle of alcohol. Full flavored, the taste matches the nose yet has a licorice aspect also. The barrel aged character lingers nicely. The 9% ABV warms gentle on the way. A real nice drinker; this one is going in the cart again on the next pass. Really glad to find it at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. Bumping the 'drinkability' to increment the taste up half a notch.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As pretty much every other review mentions, the first thing that will grab you about this Norweigan beer is its color: none more black. The mouthfeel and taste follow suit- its very thick and chewy and it has a rich dark taste, like dark choclate or black coffee. The flavor is very nice for an imperial stout, as some may totally overwhelm with the darkness and there does seem to be a nice balance in the hops to the obviously strong malt character. The thickness does, however, take a bit away from its drinkabaility, by the last few sips you almost cant imagine having much more. ITs basically like drinking a dessert. Not much noticeable to write about for the smell. In the end, it tastes good, and should be enjoyed whilst listening to Norweigan black metal. As desolate as the barren, snowy fields.

Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
92 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.